The Magic of Chia®
So how exactly does so much joy come from such a tiny seed? Although small in stature, chia seeds are bursting with an immense supply of vitality, energy and strength. It may feel like magic, but the source is no mystery! Chia is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet and each tiny seed is packed with Omega-3s, protein, fiber, calcium, potassium… the list goes on!
What is Chia?
Chia is currently experiencing a renaissance, but where does it come from and why exactly are we hearing so much about it now? It may be a new thing to many of us, but chia seeds have actually been enjoyed for thousands of years!
Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a flowering member of the mint family that is native to North, Central and South America. We can trace its consumption and use all the way back to 3,000 B.C. where it was a staple of both Maya and Aztec diets. These ancient cultures revered the power of chia for its amazing energy and natural healing powers. One tablespoon of chia was considered capable of sustaining a warrior for 24 hours!
Chia is also known for its association with the iconic long distance-running Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyon, subject of the New York Time’s Bestselling Book Born to Run, who credit chia seeds as the force behind their extraordinary stamina.
What Does It Taste Like?
The benefits and origins of chia are all well and good, but what’s it like to eat or drink? Chia is neutral in flavor and because of this it can be easily incorporated into just about any recipe. It needs no preparation, unlike flaxseed which needs to be ground, so you can instantly reap and enjoy its nutritional benefits! Powerhouse versatility makes it a welcome addition to any meal, snack or beverage, whether it be a smoothie, parfait, salad… you name it! If you want to add a nutrient boost to your everyday diet, you really need to look no further than this amazing and magical little seed!
The Seed’s Source
The way that our chia is grown remains true to our core mission of uplifting the soul of humanity and the soul of the planet! All of our products are USDA Certified Organic, meaning they are produced without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, antibiotics, synthetic hormones or GMOs. By supporting farmers that use organic farming methods, we prevent disruption of our delicate and vital ecosystem by reducing the amount of chemicals released into the environment. Supporting organic is a powerful driver to support positive change and we are proud that because of our support there is much more organic chia available in the world today!
Mamma Chia was founded in the kitchen of Janie Hoffman’s small farm in rural San Diego and to this day we continue our focus on strengthening cooperative relationships with our chia growers through support of their organic certification and overall community growth. As a certified B Corp and member of 1% for the Planet, we donate 1% of all our gross sales to support healthy farmers, community groups and organizations that are building healthy and local food systems. For us it is absolutely essential to be on the forefront of positive change in our world – and that means doing good every step of the way!